January 24, 2006

Gore to Publish Book on Global Warming

NEW YORK -- Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore's second book about global warming will be published in April with the title "An Inconvenient Truth," his publisher Rodale Books said on Tuesday.

Gore, the Democrat who lost to George W. Bush in the disputed 2000 presidential election, has been a long-standing campaigner on environmental issues.

The book is tied to a documentary of the same title about Gore's environmental campaigning which was shown at the Sundance Film Festival on Tuesday. It follows up on Gore's successful 1992 book "Earth in The Balance."

Many scientists say global warming is melting glaciers, raising sea levels and will cause more intense storms, droughts and floods. Current levels of carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere are higher now than at any time in the past 650,000 years, research from Antarctic ice cores shows.

However some have questioned whether climate change is the result of human activity and the United States has refused to sign the Kyoto protocol on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, claiming its mandatory cuts would threaten economic growth.

"In the film, Mr. Gore guides audiences through indisputable evidence of the environmental impact of global warming," Rodale said in a statement.

"In the book, the former U.S. Vice President writes about global warming and shares his personal story about how the issue became of urgent importance to him."

Gore served two terms as vice president under President Bill Clinton before losing to Bush in the 2000 election despite winning the popular vote.